The biggest myth when it comes to your sex drive is the older you get the lower your libido. Whilst age can be a factor the real truth is, everything we do affects our overall sex drive. From what we put in your bodies, how we feel and how fit we are, can all impact our libido.
Here are the top 10 ways that both males and females can do to spice up your sex life and increase your overall libido.
From aphrodisiacs to foreplay, we bust those myths to help you feel better under the sheets.
10: Well balanced diet
A healthy and nutritious diet promotes overall good health which can benefit your sex drive.
A diet rich in fresh fruit and veg can also help boost your libido.
Sex therapist Vanessa Marin squashes the rumours about aphrodisiac foods saying that you need to eat the food that makes you feel sensuous.
9: Mental health
Take some time out to focus on you and your feelings. If you are feeling down or distracted about something outside of your relationship the truth is – it is most likely affecting your romance.
Try bringing the fun back to your relationship with spontaneous date nights or fun activities outside of the bedroom. Growing together as a couple and getting in touch with each other again can often help boost your life in bed too.
Try changing the sheets and lighting some candles, by creating a sensual space you might be ready for romance.
Regular exercise not only keeps you healthy, but it also helps with your own body image. If you feel good on the outside that increase of self-confidence will translate quickly in your bedroom. In 2010 a study out of the University of Texas analysed women on the treadmill after they watched an erotic film vs. women who didn’t head to the gym. Those who broke a sweat showed greater genital response then those who didn’t. It shows that your runners high can help you under the sheets too.
Pay attention to what your putting in your body. Whether it be your birth control or pain medication these can certainly impact your sex drive. Have a chat with your doctor about possible alternatives.
There are a few natural remedies on the market to increase your libido including maca and red ginseng. Some herbal medications can react with certain medications so be sure to sit down with your doctor and chat about your options.
5: Stress less
Positively handling your stress is a very simple way to get your sex drive back. This quick libido booster is simple enough! Try taking up meditation, take some time out for you and breathe.
4: Quit smoking
Maintaining good health it important for a great sex life, so to function better down there butt out your smokes for good!
Finding that you’re too exhausted at the end of the day to spend some real time with your significant other? Restructure your sleeping patterns to make intimacy with your partner a priority.
2: Have more sex
Sex therapist Holly Richmond says, ‘having sex boosts sex drive more than anything else.’
‘the more you have the more you want,’ she continues.
By releasing those feel good hormones during sex it sends our body a message and we end up craving more.
1: Stay hydrated
Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day is not only great for your overall health but it also helps you get in the mood. Being dehydrated can leave you feeling ‘blah’ give you a headache, leave you fatigued and also can lead to vaginal dryness. Filling up your glass should be your number one priority when it comes to increasing your libido.